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DTE and Consumers to Propose ‘Smart Meter’ Opt-Out

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

February 18, 2012 – In an interview which appeared today in MiTechNews.com, DTE spokesperson Len Singer said the utility will propose, in a filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) next month, an opt-out provision for customers.  He indicated that his company recognizes this is an “extremely emotional issue” for some, but that the company still believes the meters are safe and has no plan to halt or slow down ongoing installations.

A spokesman for Consumers also stated that his company will propose an opt-out in a filing due next month under the terms of the MPSC Order that opened the current investigation.  This company plans to start installations of the new meters this summer.

No details are available as yet regarding either company’s opt-out proposals – such as what the alternative to the smart meter would be, who would be eligible or what fees, if any, might be charged for not accepting the smart meter.

There is much that remains to be accomplished.  We still think the MPSC needs to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation of the possible health effects of these new meters and the ‘mesh networks’ required to operate them.  We also think the Commission needs to declare a moratorium on any further smart meter installations until such a health study has been completed.

We believe it is as important as ever that the legislature enact some smart meter protections for the public.  There are fundamental social and moral issues – including health, privacy and property rights.  These are not just details that should be worked out by a regulatory commission that seems more comfortable when dealing only with rate issues.

Still we think that today’s announcement  represents a major breakthrough.  We are cautiously optimistic.

Click here to read the source article.

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Smart Meter Opt-Out Legislation Introduced

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

Representative Tom McMillin (R) of Rochester introduced today, along with 8 co-sponsors, proposed smart meter opt-out legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives.  The bill, known as H.B. 5411, contains a whole series of prohibitions against the electric utility companies of the state with regard to what are termed “advanced meters” and directs the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC) to enforce these prohibitions. Click here to continue reading this post.

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In UK, Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been   shelved over health and privacy fears.

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Smart meters communicate remotely from households to energy companies Photo: REX
Rowena Mason

By , Political Correspondent

6:30AM GMT 01 Feb 2012

 The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by   2019 in a £12 billion programme to stop gas and electricity bills being   estimated.

Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which   communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised   concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24   hours a day and cannot be turned off.

Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage   collected by smart meters could give clues about people’s way of life, such   as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department   for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the   programme getting “bogged down” in lengthy legal disputes.

There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of   smart meters in the US and Canada.

About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit   similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home.

Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives   them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their   homes.

Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American   Academy of Environmental Medicine’s opposition to the devices.

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say   whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: “We believe people will benefit   from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory.”

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LET CONSUMERS ENERGY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ON FEBRUARY 7TH

GET THE WORD OUT!

FEBBRUARY 7, 2012 FROM 7PM-9PM

Grand Haven Community Center

Downstairs Escanaba Room

421 Columbus Avenue

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Per Roger Morgenstern, Consumers Energy SmartGrid Coordinator, Consumers Energy plans to ‘present information addressing concerns on security, safety (RF issues) and privacy’ which Consumers saw as the primary concerns mentioned at the 11-17-11 meeting.

We have asked ‘if technical personnel, intimately familiar w/ all aspects of the technology and its intended deployment will be present to answer specific questions in great detail?’   We have also asked that the topic of ‘dirty electricity’ be addressed.

SmartMeter Update 

Michigan Public Service Commission:   MPSC Order U-17000 dated 01-12-12.

The Order is requiring all regulated utilities in the State of Michigan to answer 9 questions based on the information these utilities are aware of.  The MPSC will complete their review & analysis to the extent their staff is trained in these matters.

Utility responses are due by March 16, 2012.

Public comments are due by April 16, 2012.

MPSC Final Report is due June 26, 2012

Here is an article discussing our concern with the MPSC Order and its lack of transparency, and depth of investigation & evaluation.

http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/2012/01/28/mpsc-sleight-of-hand/

Here is a link to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket Submission

http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/viewcase.php?casenum=17000&submit.x=15&submit.y=10

You will find some 32 submittals by citizens concerned w/ this technology as of 01-28-12.

Please take the time to submit your own opinions and any research or personal experience, to add to the availability of ‘public information’ such that the utilities will be able to have access to scientific research expressed by other independent scientists, researchers and medical professionals, other than that which they subscribe to.

Here is direction on how to submit your own statement to the Public Docket from the MPSC Order itself.

Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. Any person requiring assistance prior to filing comments, may contact Commission Staff at (517) 241-6180. All comments should reference Case No. U-17000. Comments and other documents received in this proceeding will become public information, posted on the Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure.

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/12/31/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-naperville-illinois/

What can YOU do?

Attend the meeting on 2/7

Write letters to the editors of local newspapers. 

These need to be submitted no later than tuesday 01-31-12 to ensure they will be printed in time for the tuesday 02-07-12 meeting.

Submit your personal statement to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket within the next few weeks via e-mail or USPS. 

Multiple submissions are possible.

Please note the following websites:

www.StopSmartMeters.org  (California original organizers)

www.smartmeterhelp.com/

Database to collect SmartMeter related complaints.

Asks specifically if interested in putting SmartMeter to vote & willingness to participate in class action lawsuit)

www.MichiganStopSmartMeters.com

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Michigan Needs to Take a Stand Against Smart Meters NOW!

January 18, 2012

W4AR Smart Meter page; http://www.w4ar.com/Smart-Meters.html

American Patriots, We in Michigan have the opportunity to make a difference across the country by being the first state to officially stop the Smart Meter invasion into our homes and destroying our 4th Amendment and forever weaken our Constitution! If We ACT NOW!

We now have (9) Resolutions and Moratoriums with the addition of Grosse Pointe Shores as of yesterday and more to come!

With the impact of our cities and townships standing up for the “We the People” by passing Resolutions and Moratoriums in the face of Detroit Energy, DTE, see the –

DTE at Sterling Heights – Video of Moratorium

http://shtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=160f8e135ef424b02c31048690ee191f

The MPSC is officially investigating all of the issues with Smart Meters here in Michigan!!!!!

We have approximately 2 months to register all of our complaints , document the cost, safety, health, privacy and liability issues with them! Go to the web page above and find the MPSC button at the top of the page!

Every letter,study,appeal, lawsuit, video or type of action from residents or doctors, scientist,engineers, representatives must be forwarded to the MPSC at the address, with the case number, listed on our website (MPSC button) and on the attachment i am providing. See ATTACHMENT!!

This is the time to put a Stop to the Agenda21 Smart Meter program!

Every voice, YOUR Voice, can and WILL make a difference, especially in the next few months.

 

John and Pauline Holeton W4AR

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Consumers Energy going forward with smart meters despite investigation by Michigan Public Service Commission

Tarryl Jackson | Jackson Citizen Patriot By Tarryl Jackson | Jackson Citizen PatriotThe Jackson Citizen Patriot
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Consumers Energy plans to go forward with its deployment of smart meters despite an investigation launched by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Last week, the commission announced the investigation, saying that electric customers in the state and several municipalities have expressed concerns about the installation of such meters.

The commission wants information from utilities by March 16, and a public comment period is open until April 16.

The MPSC plans to review recommendations about the use of smart meters at a later date.

The company is investing $750 million into smart-grid technology in  response to the state’s 21st Century Energy Plan, which emphasizes the  need for renewable energy and energy conservation.

Consumers Energy plans to start its smart meter deployment in Muskegon County in August and expects to have 50,000 meters deployed in Muskegon and Ottawa counties by the end of the year, said Roger Morgenstern, smart grid communications coordinator at Consumers Energy.

There are currently about 5,000 pilot smart meters installed in Jackson County.

“We will be working closely with the MPSC to give them and their staff the information they are looking for,” he said. “We don’t see it having an effect on our deployment schedule.”

Smart meters allow residents to see exactly how much energy they are using on a real-time basis, allowing them to adjust usage to cut monthly bills, company officials say.

It also has the capability to alert the utility if the power goes out, without the customer having to report the outage. Meters will send a “last gasp” signal, helping the company locate the problem and find an alternate route for sending energy.

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